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Tuesday, December 17 2019

Things to think about before setting goals for 2020

A new year is upon us with an opportunity to start fresh with ambitious goals for 2020. When we think about New Year’s Eve, its the moments of anticipation before the clock strikes midnight that first come to mind. 

Next tends to be thoughts reflecting on the past year and where you want to be in the future. However, when contemplating the journey and the destination, we tend to focus on one more than the other. 

There are lots of new things to try in 2020, but don’t pressure yourself into trying all of them. When setting yearly goals, think about what means the most to you and start planning from a place of self-reflection.

 

Big dreams, big goals for 2020.

Having big dreams and choosing big goals for 2020 is great. However, it’s important to keep in mind that there are lots of little goals that need to be accomplished in order to reach the top of your personal mountain.

For instance, if your New Year’s resolution is to buy a new home, it’s helpful to break your goal down into increments. This way you can celebrate each goal individually once you’ve achieved it. 

 

Celebrate small victories, you’ve earned it.

If one of your goals for 2020 involves planning to invest in a new home, you’re in for an adventure like none other. This is one of the most exhilarating times in your life. When it happens, buying a home feels like a new world of possibility is opening up to you. 

Give yourself time for steps like establishing a budget, having meetings with professionals for advice,  searching for your ideal area and deciding if you will purchase a new home or a resale property. After you make each choice, celebrate! Enjoy every single second because each decision that you make gets you one step close to reaching your objective.

You are the one who will ultimately benefit from the success of achieving your goals. Isn’t it time that you give yourself a fair chance and room to recognize your accomplishments along the way?

 

If you don’t get there this year, try again!

One-third of everyone who elects to make a New Year’s resolution doesn’t stick to it. And, that’s okay! Failing to keep a resolution gives you a chance to analyze what went wrong and improve it in the future. 

If your goal is to save money, but you find yourself in debt before February, don’t give up completely and wait until next year to try again. Instead, take a serious look at what is going on around you and implement changes that are going to enable you to save.

For example. let’s say you’re trying to save money by eating at home more often. However, you see that you’re frequently working late and unable to make it home in time to cook. One option could be to buy canned foods in bulk for quick meals in a pinch. Another option could be to learn about advanced meal prepping. 

By spending one day making your meals for the week, you can save in a variety of ways. First, you save the funds that you would have spent on take-out. Next, you save yourself from worrying about what to eat for dinner. Finally, you save the time you would have spent cooking and cleaning up after each meal, each night. 

Making and breaking resolutions is an exercise that helps you examine where your focus is and where you want it to be. Once you’ve established a goal and put it into action, the journey to success could be a straight line or one filled with twists and turns that teach you more about yourself in the end.

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